01/11/2006: Interesting.... Will the Bush bAdministration scuttle the World Baseball Classic?
From The Hardball Times and Business of Baseball Report, the World Baseball Classic may not come off after all, thanks to a little US policy that's been in place just about forever:
The International Baseball Federation (IBAF) is threatening to withdraw its sanction of the inaugural World Baseball Classic unless the U.S. government allows Cuba to take part in the tournament. IBAF president Aldo Notari informed MLB of their decision, and if the IBAF doesn’t sanction the event, it could be cancelled. MLB submitted a new application for Cuba’s entrance into the tournament with the condition that the Cuban team would donate any money it receives from the WBC to hurricane relief. As it stands, the U.S. government has not yet advised MLB of a decision.So the ball's in Bush's court now....
Len on 01.11.06 @ 06:39 AM CST